The Family Vault by Charlotte MacLeod
(Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn Mysteries)

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A mislaid corpse strikes terror in the hearts of Boston’s strangest family
Like many old New England families, the Kellings live to die. Although their family vault is spacious and comfortable, for Sarah Kelling’s Great-Uncle Frederick it will not do. In his will, he demands to be buried inside the ancient family tomb at Boston Common, which hasn’t admitted a new member in over a century. But when the Kellings crack the old vault’s door, they find a recently built brick wall. And behind it lays a surprisingly fresh corpse—a skeleton with rubies in its teeth. Her name was Ruby Redd, and many years ago she was the toast of Boston’s burlesque scene. Her murder case is ice cold, but when Sarah begins investigating it, she finds that the burning passions behind this beauty’s death still burn white hot. With the help of art-fraud investigator Max Bittersohn, she will solve the stripper’s murder, or take her own place in the family vault.

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Charlotte MacLeod was born in Bath, New Brunswick, Canada on November 12, 1922. She immigrated to the United States in 1923 and became a naturalized citizen in 1951. She attended the School of Practical Art (now the Art Institute of Boston). She spent most of her life in the Boston area and was a staff artist and copywriter at Stop and Shop supermarkets from 1945 to 1952. She also worked at N.H. Miller & Co. advertising firm from 1952 to 1982 starting as a copy chief and ending up as a Vice President. MacLeod is the cofounder and past president of the American Crime Writers League. Her many books and series include the popular Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn team, as well as a detective named Peter Shandy. MacLeod wrote the Grub and Stakers series under the pseudonym Alisa Craig. She wrote a biography of Mary Roberts Rinehart under her own name, and edited the anthologies Mistletoe Mysteries and Christmas Stalkings. She died on January 14, 2005.
Published October 2, 2012 by Road. 368 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Romance. Fiction

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In Rest You Merry (1978), MacLeod's lighthearted knack for caricature in the Ngaio Marsh vein was perfectly accommodated—in the byways of New England academia.

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